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Welch, Rawlings bring catalog to Paramount

April 17th, 2014 7:53 am by Entertainment Staff

Welch, Rawlings bring catalog to Paramount

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Gillian Welch will return to the road for a limited time this spring, making stops in Asheville, Charlotte, Charleston, Roanoke, Durham and Chattanooga. She'll make an appearance at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol on April 29.

Appearing with Welch will be her musical partner, Dave Rawlings. The duo has released five albums together. It's been three years since their last studio album, the critically acclaimed "The Harrow and the Harvest," which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. They will performing songs from their entire catalog over the course of two acoustic sets at these concerts.

Welch and Rawlings incorporate elements of early 20th century music such as old time, classic country, gospel and traditional bluegrass with modern elements of rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, jazz and punk rock.

Welch grew up in Los Angeles with her adoptive parents and, as a youngster, was introduced to the music of American folk singers Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and the Carter Family. While a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she played bass in a goth band and drums in a psychedelic surf band. After graduating from UC-Santa Cruz with a degree in photography, Welch attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in songwriting and met Rawlings. Together, they moved to Nashville, where most of their work together has been produced.

Since then, they have influenced and inspired a new generation of country and folk singers, songwriters and players. They have earned the admiration of many of the most lauded and loved voices of the Americana milieu, and they've had their songs recorded by the likes of Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Solomon Burke.

Their discography includes "Revival," released in 1996, and "Hell Among the Yearlings" in 1998. In 2001, they released "Time (The Revelator)," followed by 2003's "Soul Journey." They had an eight-year hiatus before "The Harrow & The Harvest" was released.

Their performance at the Paramount will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general seating.

For tickets or more information, call (423) 274-8920.

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